Your LivTours’ Private Venice Walking Tour with Saint Mark’s Access begins in Campo San Giacometto, a charming square, once the heart of Venetian financial and political activity. The square still features clues to its past, along with the oldest church in Venice, built-in 421 A.C. Learn the story behind its builder and its incredible survival through the centuries. Stroll through the daily market alongside the Grand Canal where locals still grab their seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood.
Continue around the corner to the spectacular Ponte Rialto bridge. Built-in 1250, originally out of wood, its unique architectural design allowed tall ships to pass underneath as they carried food into the city for the markets. Grand, imposing, and a perfect photo opportunity for stunning views of the city.
At Campo San Bartolomeo observe firsthand that Venice was an important center for Renaissance art. Your guide will take you inside San Giovanni Crisostomo, a small church that features beautiful Renaissance artworks such as the altar by Giovanni Bellini. Learn about the Republic of Venice’s rich history as you study the 15th-century Equestrian statue of General Bartolomeo in Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Sculpted in the 15th century by Verocchio, your guide tells the story of Bartolomeo’s contributions to Venice during its golden years. Onward through Venice’s characteristic labyrinth of small walkways, footbridges, and hidden corners, you will discover areas such as Campo Santa Maria Formosa – a unique zone boasting 11 bridges and countless other architectural marvels.
Your walking adventure will culminate in discovering the heart of Venice: St. Mark’s Square. Admire the Square with its mix of Italo-Byzantine and Gothic art and architecture before entering the absolutely stunning Cathedral of St. Mark. Your private tour includes VIP entry, allowing you to skip any lines and go directly inside. The interior of St. Mark’s is intricate, simultaneously powerful and delicate, with brilliant golden mosaics, bronze statues, priceless relics, and vivid marble.
Your Private walking tour experience will leave you with a new appreciation and understanding of the history, culture, art, and religion that made Venice the vibrant and fascinating city that it is today.